Cross My Heart
Directed by Sontenish Myers
Short 2018 [Jamaica, USA] English, 14 min
While visiting her family in Jamaica, an American teenager becomes her cousin’s confidant, changing the way she sees the people she loves.
This film will be playing before the Rafiki screening on Friday night.
Filmmaker Bio: Sontenish Myers is a Caribbean-American writer-director based in Harlem, NY and a thesis student at NYU’s Grad Film program. Sontenish has written and directed 4 short films to date. In her work, racial identity, womanhood, power dynamics, and the heroic journey are often explored. She is particularly interested in doing so across genres, from dramas, science fiction/fantasy, to dark comedies. The film world premiered at East End Film Festival in London and made its North American Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. Sontenish was also awarded the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International Shortfest for Cross My Heart. Cross My Heart was also included in Refinery29’s list of “The Most Exciting Woman-Directed Films at 2018’s Palm Springs Shortfest.” Cross My Heart won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Hampton International Film Festival. Sontenish was selected by NYU as a 2017 Martin Scorsese Scholarship recipient. She was recently accepted as a 2018-2019 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film.